Health law, J.D./M.P.H., dual degrees

Dual Degree Programs

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dual-degrees-applyWhen you choose Georgia State Law, you’re choosing one of the nation’s leading and growing urban research universities. Through Georgia State and through a partnership with Georgia Institute of Technology, we are able to provide nine dual-degree options for interdisciplinary study in health administration, public health, business, accountancy, public administration and urban planning.

The Power of Two

  • Earn two highly regarded, professional-level degrees concurrently
  • Access the abundant professional resources of downtown Atlanta
  • Study at a major research university — and at public university tuition
  • Connect through hands-on learning opportunities, mentors and Georgia State’s alumni network
  • Build strong bonds with professors who are vested in your success
  • Set yourself apart professionally
  • Save both time and money

The Fine Print

Through the Bachelor/J.D. Accelerated Degree Program with the Honors College, a small number of highly talented and qualified students will have the opportunity to complete a bachelor of arts, a bachelor of science, bachelor of social work or a bachelor of business administration and a J.D. at Georgia State University in six years rather than seven. Learn more at honors.gsu.edu/acceleratedjd.
For students enrolled in the M.A./J.D. joint program, the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Philosophy will allow nine semester hours of qualifying law courses with a grade of B or better to be credited toward the requirements for the M.A. Georgia State Law will permit up to nine semester hours of qualifying philosophy courses with a grade of B or better to be credited toward the requirements for the J.D. No credit hours for M.A. course work will be applied toward J.D. requirements until the M.A. is awarded. Students can satisfy this requirement by completing both degree requirements simultaneously or by completing the degree requirements for the M.A. first. Similarly, no credit hours of J.D. course work will be applied toward M.A. requirements until the J.D. is awarded. Students can satisfy this requirement by completing both degree requirements simultaneously or by completing the degree requirements for the J.D. first. A law student must earn 90 semester hours of credit to qualify for the J.D..

The College of Law does not permit enrollment in the joint degree program after a student has completed more than 20 semester hours M.A. course work. After students have been admitted to both programs and have declared their intent to enter the joint program, they must, at first opportunity, complete the first 31 semester hours of required courses in the J.D. program. After the first 31 required semester hours of law are complete, enrollment in either college or both concurrently is permitted. The J.D. must be completed within six years of initial enrollment in the J.D. program.

For students enrolled in the joint program, J. Mack Robinson College of Business will allow 12 semester hours of law courses with a B or better to be credited toward 12 semester hours in the general business concentration of the M.B.A. program. Georgia State Law will permit, with prior approval, up to 12 semester hours of 8000-level MBA courses with a B or better to be credited toward the J.D. No credit hours for the M.B.A. courses will be applied to the J.D. until the M.B.A. is awarded. Students can satisfy this requirement by completing both degrees simultaneously or by completing all degree requirements for the M.B.A. first. Similarly, no credit hours for M.B.A. courses will be applied toward the J.D. requirements until the J.D. is awarded. Students can satisfy this requirement by completing the requirements for the J.D. degree first. As stated in the Bulletin, a law student must earn 90 semester hours of credit to qualify for the J.D.

Georgia State Law does not permit enrollment in the joint degree program after a student has completed more than 20 semester hours of 8000-level M.B.A. course work. After students have been admitted to both the M.B.A. and J.D. programs and have declared their intent to enter the joint program, they must, at first opportunity, complete the first 31 hours of required courses in the J.D. program as outlined in Bulletin. After completion of these 31 hours of J.D. courses, enrollment in courses of either college or enrollment in both colleges concurrently is permitted. The requirements for both the M.B.A. and J.D. must be completed within eight years of the initial semester of enrollment in the M.B.A program. The J.D. must be completed with six years of the initial semester of enrollment in the J.D. program.

An M.B.A. student may be required by Robinson College of Business to take undergraduate or graduate foundation courses before beginning the MBA program. Georgia State Law strongly recommends that students planning on part-time law study complete those required foundation courses prior to starting their law classes.

To participate in the J.D./M.S.H.A. or the J.D./M.B.A./M.H.A. dual degree programs for health administration, you must apply separately for admission to the College of Law and Robinson College of Business. You are strongly encouraged to apply to both programs simultaneously. However, there is some opportunity to apply and enroll in the dual degree program after admission to only one of the colleges, if you have not proceeded too far in that college’s program (see requirements below).

You must take the LSAT to apply to the College of Law. Robinson College of Business will accept the LSAT in lieu of the GRE or GMAT.

Admission into one program does not presume admission to the other. Learn more at clhs.law.gsu.edu.

For students enrolled in the J.D./M.C.R.P. program, the College of Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology will allow up to 15 semester hours of qualifying law courses with a grade of B or better to be credited toward the requirements for the M.C.R.P. The College of Law will permit 12 semester hours of qualifying M.C.R.P. courses with a grade of B or better to be credited toward the requirements for the J.D. No credit hours for M.C.R.P. courses will be applied toward the J.D. requirements until the M.C.R.P. is awarded. Students can satisfy this requirement by completing both degree requirements simultaneously or by completing the degree requirements for the M.C.R.P. first. Similarly, no credit hours of J.D. course work will be applied toward the M.C.R.P. requirements until the J.D. is awarded. Students can satisfy this requirement by completing both degree requirements simultaneously or by completing the degree requirements for the J.D. first. As stated in the College of Law Bulletin, a law student must earn 90 semester hours of credit to qualify for the J.D.

Students interested in pursuing the joint program may apply for admission into the College of Law and the College of Architecture simultaneously but they are not required to do so. For students who are admitted first into the J.D. program, they should seek admission into the M.C.R.P. program as soon as possible and must be admitted into that program no later than the beginning of the semester of their third year of full-time law study. For students who are admitted first into the M.C.R.P. program, they should seek admission no later than the beginning of the fall semester of their second year of full-time study as a M.C.R.P. student. The J.D. must be completed within six years of the initial semester of enrollment into the J.D. program. Learn more from the Center for Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth.

The College of Law and the J. Mack Robinson College of Business offer a joint degree program that allows students simultaneously to pursue advanced course work in law and public accountancy (the “J.D./M.P.A. Program”). Full-time students are able to satisfy all requirements for both a J.D. and a master’s of professional accountancy (M.P.A.) in as little as four years, or eight semesters, as opposed to the five years, or 10 semesters, that would be required if the two degrees were pursued separately. For the M.P.A., Robinson College of Business requires all candidates to complete 24 credit hours of general business coursework. Students without an undergraduate degree in accounting must also complete two introductory accounting courses (Acct 2101 and Acct 2102, or M.B.A. 8025 and M.B.A. 8115) and 21 semester hours of undergraduate (4000 level) accounting courses. Additionally, Robinson College of Business requires students to complete 30 credit hours of 8000-level courses: a three-credit hour strategic communications course, 21 credit hours of required accounting and tax courses, and six credit hours of accounting and tax electives.

The College of Law requires all J.D. candidates to complete 90 credit hours of law courses (43 of which are required courses and 47 of which are elective courses). Students enrolled in the joint J.D./M.P.A. program are permitted to apply 24 credit hours of law courses toward the required 24 credit hours of general business coursework. In addition, Robinson College of Business will allow 12 semester hours of law courses to be credited toward the 30 credit hours of 8000 level required M.P.A. courses, as follows: six credit hours of law courses applied toward the six credit hours of elective M.P.A. courses; a three credit hour tax law course applied toward the required course TX 8020, and a three-credit hour law course applied toward the three credit hour strategic communications course. Reciprocally, Georgia State Law will allow 12 credit hours of 8000-level M.P.A. courses to be credited toward the requirements of the J.D. program,. Thus, a student enrolled in the joint J.D./M.P.A. program student will be able to complete the requirements for both degrees by completing 45 credit hours in Robinson College of Business and 78 credit hours in the College of Law. Candidates interested in the joint-degree program must satisfy the admissions requirements and be admitted to each college separately. Applicants should contact the admissions office of each school for application information. Students must take the GMAT for admissions to Robinson College of Business and the LSAT for admission to the College of Law. After students have been admitted to both programs and have declared their intent to enter the joint program, they must, at their first opportunity, complete the first 31 credit hours of required courses in the J.D. program. After the first 31 required credit hours of law are complete, enrollment in either college or both concurrently is permitted. Degree requirements for both programs must be complete within eight years of the student’s initial semester of enrollment in the joint program. The J.D. degree must be completed within six years of the student’s initial enrollment in the J.D. program.

Students must satisfy the degree requirements of each school and should consult with advisors in each school for the precise graduation requirements for each degree and for information about course offerings. M.P.A. candidates may enroll in the joint program at any point prior to completion of 21 semester hours of 8000-level M.P.A. coursework.

For students enrolled in the joint program, the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies will allow 14 semester hours of law courses with a grade of B or better to be counted as electives in the M.P.A. program. Reciprocally, the College of Law will permit approved 8000-level M.P.A. courses with grades of B or better to be credited toward 14 hours of the J.D. No credit hours for the M.P.A. courses will be applied to the J.D. until the M.P.A. is awarded. Students can satisfy this requirement by completing both degrees simultaneously or by completing all degree requirements for the M.P.A. first.

Similarly, no credit hours for M.P.A. courses will be applied toward the J.D. requirements until the J.D. is awarded. Students can satisfy this requirement by completing the requirements for the J.D. first. As stated in the Bulletin, a law student must earn 90 semester hours of credit to qualify for the J.D.

The College of Law does not permit enrollment in the joint degree program after a student has completed more than 20 semester hours of 8000-level M.P.A. course work. After students have been admitted to both the M.P.A. and J.D. programs and have declared their intent to enter the joint program, they must, at first opportunity, complete the first 31 hours of required courses in the J.D. degree program as outlined in the Bulletin. After completion of these 31 hours of J.D. courses, enrollment in courses of either college or enrollment in both colleges concurrently is permitted. The requirements for both the M.P.A. and J.D. must be completed within eight years of the initial semester of enrollment in the M.P.A. program. The J.D. must be completed with 6 years of the initial semester of enrollment in the J.D. program.

An M.P.A. student should consult with the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies regarding any courses that may be required to complete prior to commencing 8000-level courses. If the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies does require any such courses, the College of Law recommends that students planning on part-time law study complete those courses prior to taking their first law courses.

To participate in the J.D./M.P.H. dual degree program, you must apply separately for admission to the College of Law and the School of Public Health. You are strongly encouraged to apply to both programs simultaneously. However, there is some opportunity to apply and enroll in the dual degree program after admission to only one of the schools, if you have not proceeded too far in that school’s program.

You must take the LSAT to apply to the College of Law. The School of Public Health will accept the LSAT in lieu of the GRE.

Admission into one program does not presume admission to the other. Learn more at clhs.law.gsu.edu.

The Robinson College of Business requires all M.S.H.A. candidates to earn 36 credit hours, 24 of which are filled by taking required courses and 12 of which are filled by taking courses in a concentration. Learn more at clhs.law.gsu.edu.
 
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